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Peripheral - pt 13 (Understanding parables / Mark 4:26-32)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part thirteen, Dan teaches on understanding why Jesus used this communication device so much, what the parables are answering and then we look at the final parables of Mark 4 together.

Parables are stories that answer big questions [about God and us] by engaging the mind and the heart, intersecting reality and the sacred.

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Peripheral - pt 12 (The way of illumination / Mark 4:21-25)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part twelve, Dan unpacks the second parable of Mark on a lamp being hidden, dark things being illuminated and making sure we are really listening.

Integrity is when who I am on-stage is the same as who I am back-stage. It is when there is no separation between what is going on inside of me and what I am expressing outside of me. There is no separation of my inner and outer life.
— Pete Scazzero

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Halftime - pt 5 (Living the cruciform-tension)

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Halftime is our agenda for June at Central Vineyard. Together, we are pausing to look at the founding core values that we have embodied in our story so far, and also what we hope the future will look like as we embody the new things God is doing with us together. In this final part Dan highlights how we live in a tension of both trusting in God with all we can and yet, rolling our sleeves up to do our part that God needs us to do to love our city.

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Halftime - pt 4 (From lantern, to lampstand / The art of living outward)

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Halftime is our agenda for June at Central Vineyard. Together, we are pausing to look at the founding core values that we have embodied in our story so far, and also what we hope the future will look like as we embody the new things God is doing with us together. In part four Dan explores our fourth value of outward-living and taking our missiology seriously.

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Peripheral - pt 11 (The way of imagination / Mark 4:1-20)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part eleven, Strahan gives an introduction to parables, and helps us to understand how they would have been interpreted in the original context.

Parables subversively slip past our defenses. Once they’re inside the citadel of self, we might expect a change of method, a sudden brandishing of bayonets resulting in a palace coup. But it doesn’t happen…God does not impose his reality from without; he grows flowers and fruit from within.
— Eugene Peterson

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Peripheral - pt 8 (The way of inclusion / Mark 2:13-17)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part eight sees Dan exploring the story of Jesus calling Levi and taking him to a table of radical inclusion and a vibrant picture of the mercy of God. Also we here some stories from Gratis leader, Katie Myers.

The strategy of Jesus is not centred in taking the right stand on issues, but rather in standing in the right place - with the outcast and those relegated to the margins.
— Fr. Gregory Boyle

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Peripheral - pt 7 (The way of forgiveness / Mark 2:1-12)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part seven sees Dan exploring the story of Jesus healing a paralytic man who was lowered through his roof showing the new movement of God's forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.
— Henri Nouwen

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Resurrection Sunday

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This week Strahan leads us through a celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, discussing two ways it changes things for us, right now. 

The resurrection can only be received and affirmed and celebrated as the new action of God, whose province is to create new futures for people and to let them be amazed in the midst of despair.
— Walter Brueggemann

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Peripheral - pt 4 (The way of the Kingdom / Mark 1:14-15)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part four sees us looking at the kingdoms around us and how revolutionary Jesus' core announcement of the Kingdom of God was.

Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
— Mark 1:14-15

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Peripheral - pt 3 (The way through the desert / Mark 1:12-13)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part three sees us looking at Jesus' not avoiding the desert, but persisting through it. It's a place which our culture will do anything to avoid yet we are invited to find a way to walk through it.

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
— C.S. Lewis

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Peripheral - pt 2 (Immersion in the new way / Mark 1:9-11)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part two sees us looking at baptism, salvation and a crazy story of people in church history who killed each other over where these two things meet.

Salvation is not an object you own — it’s a life you enter and live. Salvation is a form of belonging. Salvation is belonging in the kingdom of God.
— Brian Zahnd

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